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The Natural Work of Art

The Natural Work of Art

The Experience of Romance in Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale

John Anthony Williams

ISBN 9780674604506

Publication date: 01/01/1967

Viewing Shakespearean romance as a poetic response to the metaphysical problems of “mutability” and man's place in nature, the author has selected The Winter's Tale to illustrate his hypothesis. His critical study—from a perspective gained through comparative references to a large number of works by other Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights—rejects the traditional notion that Shakespeare deliberately created a fantasy world in which the happy ending signified an escape from reality and interprets the tone of the romance in terms of an all-encompassing vision in which time and change are accepted as life-fulfilling forces.

Book Details

  • 64 pages
  • 0-3/16 inches
  • Harvard University Press